stephen’s bar mitzvah at temple judea 6601 Valley Circle Blvd. West Hills, CA 91307 (818) 758-3800 was, without a question, a very moving and growing experience. you see at a bar mitzvah, during the ceremony especially, a young man is given an opportunity to speak what’s in his heart and what’s on his mind about, well, everything. stephen chose to speak about listening, acceptance and tolerance. now, mind you he’s 13 and he spoke way beyond his years that made everyone in the temple take pause. listening to this young man made us all hear what we all know but need more of… appreciation, love and respect for those around us. i’m telling you he’s 13.
now the party! what can i say, the canyon club 28912 Roadside Drive Agoura Hills, CA 91301-3304 (818) 879-5016 continues to impress me with great ideas to “kick it up a notch”. we arrived at the canyon club with the sounds of a billion teenagers laughing their heads off. to my surprise… stephen was flaying around on a mechanical bull with his buddies cheering him on to be “thrown off!” too cool. i really can not say enough about how much fun mitzvah’s are… a rollercoaster of emotions mixed in with an overwhelming amount of pride and excitment.
i am sooooooo grateful to have been invited to be present at stephen’s mitzvah and share in the celebration with his family and friends. congratulations!
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